Andrei Kondakov: We’re seeing only major stars at the festival

Andrei Kondakov: We’re seeing only major stars at the festival

Andrei Kondakov said he will perform at the festival with Sergio Brandau whom he met in New York 14 years ago. He also introduced journalists to his father, 83, who, despite his age, had come from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to see his son perform.

Asked about the festival's lineup, he said: "What can you say when stars like Valery Ponomaryov and Tom Harrell are performing? We're seeing only major stars here at the festival."

According to Kondakov, Koktebel was always a very liberal place, attracting open-minded people even in the Soviet period. "The guitars never went silent here; it was a place for hip people with the same ideals as in the United States in the 1970s. Koktebel preserves this spirit because, I guess, that's what the place was destined to be," he said.


The KoktebelJazzParty festival is a COVID-free zone. Given the difficult epidemiological situation, the terms of access to the festival may be changed, depending on the epidemiological situation in the region and the recommendations issued by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor).
All festival participants, guests and spectators must present at least one of the three documents listed below:

  • A negative PCR test performed not earlier than August 18, 2021
  • A certificate showing the presence of antibodies to the S-protein of COVID-19, issued not earlier than May 25, 2021
  • A COVID-19 vaccination certificate

All guests, members of the audience and media representatives must wear masks and gloves at the festival venues.